Justice Dept. Reaches Settlement With Victims In USA Gymnastics Doctor Case

April 24, 2024

These women were assaulted because of the F.B.I.’s failure and there is no amount of money that will make them whole again. Their goal with all this was to make sure that this never happens again.

Attorney Mick Grewal, who represents 44 people with claims against the governmentalleging that the FBI failed to conduct an adequate investigation offormer U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Lawrence Nassar, who was convicted of sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women. On Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department said they would pay more than $138 million to resolve the claims.

Why It Matters: The settlement signals the likely conclusion of what has been years’ worth of efforts from U.S. gymnasts, including Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, to put accountability with federal authorities for not properly investigating their claims. The settlement covers 139 claims against the government, and stems from allegations that the FBI failed to quickly investigate sexual abuse allegations first reported in 2015. Nassar was arrested a year later, and has since been convicted and sentenced to decades in prison. A lawyer representing 34 victims in the case, John Manly, said of the settlement, “every survivor that I know would have traded all of their money for this not to have happened to them.”

Read More: Justice Dept. Reaches $138.7 Million Settlement Over F.B.I.’s Failures in Nassar Case (The New York Times)

Justice Department Reaches Civil Settlement with Victims Abused by Lawrence Nassar (U.S. Department of Justice)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas